Police officer accused of rape ‘span out of control’


A police officer “span out of control” and “positively revelled” in a woman’s discomfort as he raped her, a court has heard.

PC Ravi Canhye, 47, who serves with Dorset Police, is alleged to have slapped and bitten the woman before pinning her down and raping her.

He threatened to abuse her with his truncheon and a vodka bottle, Winchester Crown Court has heard.

The officer, from Poole, is on trial facing two charges of rape, one count of attempted rape, three charges of assault of penetration and one of sexual assault against one woman.

These offences are alleged to have taken place between 8 and 11 April of last year.

He also faces an offence of the sexual assault of a second woman on 10 April 2022.

Sarah Jones KC, prosecuting, told the court that during the weekend in April, Canhye had drunk excessively and “become a completely” different person.

Ms Jones said: “This case concerns a period of time when this defendant span out of control.

“He has an issue with drinking and over this particular weekend he drank to excess.

“The alcohol changed him or simply disinhibited him to reveal the true side of him.”

She told the court he was “wrapped up in his own needs and desires” and had “no interest in what effect” his behaviour had on the women.

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He “positively revelled” in one woman’s “disgust, her discomfort”, added Ms Jones.

The defendant denies all the charges and the trial continues.

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